Joe Tieri of West Shokan sent us this image of a bald
eagle overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir last week, proving the
results of decades of strong land stewardship on all our parts
in recent years... as well as a perfect election day image.
Planners Give OK Despite Dissent
By Olive Press Staff
A proposal to build seven storage buildings in the place of
PetFare on state Route 28 just west of Shokan's business corridor
was approved last week by the town of Olive Planning Board.
Planning Board Chairman Drew Boggess said about 50 people attended
a public hearing Tuesday on the matter prior to the vote.
Changes For Bennett?
Onteora Mulls Moving Middle School And Keeping Phoenicia, West
By Lisa Childers
The Onteora School Board has again been discussing how it plans
on moving forward with its goals of shifting to a new 5-8 Middle
School break-up of the district, with a new set of committee
assignments and a community forum set to begin sometime in January.
Among the key elements up for discussion is the growing possibility
of closing the Boiceville-based Bennett School for renovation
as a new Middle School campus, and the possible eventual shifting
of Woodstock students back to the West Hurley School, which
has been closed in recent years.
Sierra Club Joins New Coalition Aimed At Shrinking Resort One
By Paul Smart
Just when it looked like developer Dean Gitter was ready
to make his final push towards getting his Belleayre Resort
approved for building on lands adjacent to the state-owned
Belleayre Ski Center, opposition to his mega-development
has again raised its head. And despite a pronouncement by
state Senator John Bonacic that any new protests wouldn’t
be enough to stop the long-stalled project, which gained
the support of Governor Elliot Spitzer and a host of national
and regional environmental organizations in a compromise
deal announced in September, it seems the new opposition
is growing stronger by the day.
Wins A Seat
Republican Comes Out Tops In
Board Race, Burkhardt Off Town
By Paul Smart
For the first time in six years,
a Republican has won a seat
on the Olive Town Board. Lifetime
West Shokan resident Peter Friedel,
who narrowly lost a bid for
town justice against Tim Cox
two years ago – and whose
wife Michelle is currently an
Onteora School Board trustee
– came in as the top vote
getter amongst three candidates
for town board in voting Tuesday
night, November 6, with an unofficial
tally, as of press time (and
without absentee and affidavit
votes yet counted) of 929 votes
to 871 for Henry Rank, Jr. and
788 for Linda Burkhardt.
Jar Of Olives...
Bits & Pieces
By Carol La Monda
This is the time of year we get
bombarded with “you-should
messages.” You should vote,
shop, prepare for the holidays,
get ready for winter, and not
forget your flu shot. Olive will
have a Flu Clinic, sponsored by
the Ulster County Health Department,
thanks to the work of Town Councilman
Linda Burkhardt. Olive was not
scheduled for the clinic because
it was under-used last year, but
Linda persevered and convinced
them to serve Olive. Anyone who
is over fifty or who has a chronic
illness or compromised immune
system should get a flu vaccine.
The date is Thursday, December
13 at the American Legion Hall
from 9-12. Take advantage of this